Tuesday Nov 20, 2012

The new Santa Cruz V10c

Santa Cruz believe they are at the top of their game at the minute and with claims that their V10 downhill frame "Is the most successful bike of all time." You would be forgiven to think that they are getting ahead of themselves a little bit. But when you look at the stats you can begin understand and justify their reasoning on how they have come to that conclusion.

V10 - Frame Accomplishments

  • 64 World Cup Podiums
  • 14 World Cup Wins
  • 2 UCI World Cup Overall Titles
  • First carbon bike to win a DH World Cup (Maribor, 2010)
  • First all-carbon bike to win a DH Wolrd Championship (Leogang, 2012)
  • 3 World Championship Golds
  • 1 Junior World Championship
  • 2 Elite Wolrd Championship Silvers
  • 2 Elite Wolrd Championship Bronzes

What's New?

  • The lightest & strongest production downhill bike on the market
  • Carbon front AND rear triangles
  • 5 year warranty (as opposed to 2 years) and lifetime crash replacement
  • New carbon rear triangle saves 400 grams over the previous alloy version
  • Revised front triangle saves 300 grams over the previous version
  • Carbon upper link to increase stiffness
  • Integrated fork bumpers with cable guide
  • Full carbon dropouts & disk mounts The Frame
  • 6.97 pounds (3.15kg) M size, with RockShox Vivid Air
  • 7.9 pounds (3.6 kg) M size, with Fox DHX RC4 shock & steel coil
  • Two Travel Settings - 10" (254mm) and 8.5" (216mm)
  • Co-molded aluminium hardware on upper pivot and bottom bracket - no bonding
  • Forged aluminum lower link with recessed grease ports
  • Indexed, 157-millimeter rear axle spacing for easier wheel installation
  • Direct mount rear derailleur hanger

The frame is expected to retail at $3,499 USD for the Fox DHX RC4 and $3,599 USD for the RockShox Vivid.

The V10c will come two colours - The Syndicatte Red, or Neon Yellow (as pictured above and below). You can also choose to have colour matching on both the wheels (carbon ENVE rims) and the forks (Fox 40) if you opt for the full build complete bike.

Although there is no industry standard in cycling world to test the strength of frames Santa Cruz certainly put their's through a rigorous testing regime, similar to the one featured on the Santa Cruz Nomad.

Beautiful in every single sense of the word.

Take an 'inside' look, quite literally into a Carbon V10.

A new 157mm rear wheel spacing has aloud for easier wheel installation, saving that annoying fiddly part when re-aligning your rear wheel.

As testing continued engineers at Santa Cruz were able to test the boundaries that these frames stand at and as a result were able to shave a massive .5kg off the front triangle alone, whilst still maintaining its robust reputation.

The new carbon rear end has supposedly stiffened up the V10 ten-fold, giving it a responsive feel like no other bike on the market. Cedric Gracia said he has so much feedback from the frame that he now is playing with spoke tension in his wheels to allow for a little bit of flex over the rougher sections, impressive if true.

The new cable routing and bump stops are a nice little touch and a prime example of the attention to detail that has gone into this bike.

You can expect the Syndicate team to be running these production frames themselves for the 2013 race season and you can expect them to be shipped to you, the exact same ones that will be raced on by the Syndicate team, in January. Perhaps you can ask Santa very nicely for a belated Christmas present.

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